2017 Community Design Workshop

October 12 - 13, 2017



HGA Community Action began as a grassroots effort led by a few young employees focused on social impact design. They saw how this emerging discipline could help HGA achieve its vision, and at the same time, improve the communities we call home. With a small budget and the enthusiastic support of the firm's leaders, Community Action was born. Today, the program is bringing together HGA employees to make a measurable impact through design and service for local, national, and international organizations doing great work. See the 2016 Annual Report >


As part of our Community Action initiative we are hosting a Design Workshop free of charge for non-profit organizations serving the Minneapolis St. Paul Metro area. This event will provide opportunities for community groups to meet with a team of design professionals, matched to their specific needs, in order to work through solutions to their proposed projects. Teams of HGA professionals will be allocated 8 – 12 hours leading up to and during the workshop to work on these projects. Our goal is to provide each group with solutions in response to each community group’s proposal as well as recommend concrete next steps for moving forward.

Eligible organizations are invited to submit a project proposal aimed at addressing challenges or needs that may be met with the expertise of our employees. The request for proposals closed on September 8.


The following are examples of services we may be able to provide during this event. However, we encourage you to think creatively, consider your own specific needs, and describe a process by which we can serve your mission.

  • Imagery for a fundraising campaign
  • Facility program and planning strategy
  • Facility code and accessibility assessment
  • Marketing brainstorming session and materials
  • Construction project cost estimating
  • Resiliency & sustainability strategy development
  • Site planning & landscape design
  • Technology, finance, or engineering needs 

Check out the examples from previous workshops below:


Eligibility is limited to organizations with documented non-profit [501(c)(3)] status that serve the Minneapolis St. Paul metro area. Project selection will be based on your project proposal as well as project scope with respect to the resources HGA can commit during the event.

All projects must have prior approval from organization at the time of application submission.

Please contact communityaction@hga.com with questions.